Retro era in jewelry is dated by 1930-40s. These ten years brought us a distinct look that has been highly admired through the years.
During the World War II the entire world was changing, and jewelry world was under the influence as well. For instance, the bracelets were often designed by using the geometry of tank treads. In order to confront that brutality, for some of the pieces jewelers reinstated Victorian floral motifs in a romantic and even fragile way. That approach resulted in vast variety of brooches. Butterflies, flowers, birds and animals flooded jewelry market during retro era.
Some of the materials — such as platinum — was hard to find and even forbidden to be sold. That’s why retro jewelry was often made of yellow, rose and even green gold alloys.
Shortage of the gemstones forced jewelers to use semi-precious stones: citrine, aquamarine, amethyst. Pave technic allowed to achieve a big look with little diamonds. Another sign of that time was enamel that was used to accentuate the stone or even replace it.